Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Detention For Adults?

To all those who are convinced that the non-detention policy is harming education…

Children’s apparent lack of learning becomes an issue mainly because it is easy to see that they have missed out on something. The fact that at a younger age learning is very fast and that clear milestones are available helps us perceive this – and therefore apply all kinds of expectations, tactics, at times even coercion to ‘ensure’ learning – one such being the detention system which, many believe, is needed in order to maintain ‘quality’. By making children lose a year because we couldn’t ensure their learning (and blaming them for it), we feel we can generate the fear required to make them ‘serious’ and learn.

If we are convinced about this, why should it apply only to school education? What if we could lay out clear benchmarks for adults to learn and grow – in general as well as in the work they do. Certainly it is possible to have a life-long ‘curriculum’ with two-year benchmarks (over their entire careers, and even post retirement) for educationists and curriculum developers, teachers, HMs, government officials, managers, businessmen, fathers and mothers (and grandparents), journalists, artists, municipal staff, auditors, accountants, administrators, intelligence agents and politicians. What if there was a ‘detention system’ (in terms of not being allowed to be promoted or get a pay increase or being sent back to some lower ‘grade’)? Yes, in some government jobs there is an ‘efficiency bar’ and the supposed HR policies and internal competition are expected to sort this out. But do they?

Can we as a nation claim that we have, every year, demonstrated the improvement required to declare ourselves ‘promoted’ to the next level (whatever that is)?

And what happens when police are unable to reduce crimes, leaders are unable to ensure the welfare of the poor, systems are unable to deliver basics such as electricity / water / education / health, or societies are unable to get men to have basic respect for women?

Who should be ‘detained’?


Unknown said...

Detention to whom? Teacher failed to make the child learn but punishment to the child.the whole year the child is with the teacher and age of the child is not possible to detention by anybody, and understand the truth please.

shobha gowri said...

If the teacher is to be detained we should carry it forward all the way up to the top man too.IF we cant for some reason then we should review our thought on detention

viswa said...

In many schools and colleges Teacher failed to make the child learn but punishment to the child.but this is not good for teachers,and effects on students.

Tarequl Islam (Mizan) said...

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Unknown said...

We have not clear cut recruitment policies PTA SMC Shiksha Mitra adhoc tennure etc which are not upto mark hence out basic system is downgrading every time. Our Government Should frame clear cut recruitment policies along with transfer policy and a handsome salary structure and the recruitment should be on psychological basis without resuming vacancy in elementary system. If this is done by our Government then there will be no need of detention at any level.

Anonymous said...

There are certainly a lot of details like that to take into consideration.
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